Blogs from Tucson, Arizona, United States, North America - page 2


North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 20th 2017

Finally I am here! It's a place that always fascinated me, with these tall cacti and a surprising variety of other plants and animals. I was based in the suburbs of Tucson, a desert valley surrounded by mountains. I stayed in a golf complex, but not to play golf! Complex was just on th eside of Tucson mountain park, which is linked to Saguaro national park. The Saguaro is the name of these tall cacti. They kind of replace trees in the ecosystem, as the birds perch on them, and nest in them as well. Timing was not good for the reptiles, (beginning of December), but perfect for humans, (6-9 Celsius in the night, 18-23 Celsius in the day). :-) This place is known by children all over the world, as the setting for the cartoon ... read more
fish hook cactus
Saguaros cacti in abundance at the foot of the mountain
Ghost cactus

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 4th 2017

YOU CAN CLICK ON ANY PHOTO TO ENLARGE IT, THEN GO BACK TO THE BLOG OR GO THROUGH THE PHOTOS (27 TOTAL - CLICK ON NEXT OR PREVIOUS) IN THAT ENLARGED FORMAT. I PUT LOTS OF INFORMATION IN THE PHOTO CAPTIONS SO YOU CAN SKIP THE NARRATIVE, JUST LOOK AT THE ENLARGED PHOTOS AND CAPTIONS AND YOU'LL STILL GET MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU EVER WANTED. TO RETURN TO THE BLOG ENTRY, JUST CLICK YOUR BACK BUTTON OR ON THE NAME OF THE BLOG, BELOW THE NUMBERS ON THE LEFT. As you have probably figured out, these travel blogs are a way for Bernard and me to keep track of our adventures. I can't tell you how many times we've referred back to one of our over 60 travel blogs looking for various details, maps, dates, etc. ... read more
May your Holiday Season be Merry & Bright
New Year's Eve in Rosarito, MX
Rosarito sunset

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson October 5th 2017

You know we boarded the ferry with the mouse passenger....well..... When it was time to disembark, we returned to the Rig and checked the traps with trepidation. They were still set, but the peanut butter had gone, and so had the mouse ....... obviously far too smart to fall for that old trick. Or the traps were useless. We drove off the ferry and passed through customs. They asked the usual questions. In addition they enquired “any weapons, any bear spray, any pets”....... we hesitated. Do we say we have an Alaskan mouse stowaway then stand back to see if they rush on board like Ghost Busters and help eradicate him...? . The moment passed, sanity took over. “No, no animals” we replied. We were waved through. That night, lying in bed, we listened to the ... read more
Our armoury, no use at all.
 Inside passge scenery  is out there somewhere.
The perfect house if you dont want casual callers.

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson June 12th 2017

Got away early and drove down a switchback before dawn, to get to the Gooseneck NP. where the Colorado is like a concertina. Arrived right on sunrise. More good vistas. Got a bit of a fright as the Gas gauge was showing empty and I knew it shouldn't be. By the time I got to the next town "Mexican Hat" it righted itself so kept on going. Along the way I stopped at San Juan and Monument Valley NP. WOW what a sight. No wonder Forrest Gump decided he didn't want to run anymore. Its Mesa heaven. (sorry Eric, but I missed the Mesa Verde and 4 corners to come here instead). I believe my trip has been well worth it just in the last few days. And yes Tanja it was worth it just visiting ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson March 29th 2017

Hello from Tucson! Yesterday we rode back into the city and so came to the end of our 4 1/2 month bike trip. It was a bittersweet moment - our bodies are ready for a rest but it's been such a fantastic trip that it's sad to be at the end. It seems a long time since we first rode out of Pukekawa on New Zealand's North Island last November, and we had no idea how the trip would go. But here we are, almost 4,000 miles later, pretty much unscathed, bikes still more or less working, and full of great memories. Instead of doing my usual description of the places we passed through during the last couple of weeks, I'll leave the photos and captions to do the talking. I'll finish instead with a few ... read more
Lunch break
Cattle ranch near Carrizozo, NM
Fire station near Albuquerque

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson March 2nd 2017

I finally got to Tucson after a 100 mile detour because they had closed Interstate 10 because of a dust storm and no visibility. Had lots of sun and warm weather while I was off exploring. First I took in Old Tucson which was really fun and I spent most of the day there. They have a full schedule of performances and interesting exhibits about the films that were shot here. The performers were very good and it was great to be able to sit and relax with a snack and drink in the Saloon during the shows. There were other restaurants if a person wanted more than snacks for lunch. There was a stage coach giving rides and a train that circled the town. If you are in Tucson be sure to put this on ... read more
Old Tucson Cacti
Old Tucson Bathhouse
Old Tucson engine

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson January 21st 2017

In Tucson, Arizona, there is a Jazz festival currently in it's third year. So today, I have been listening to Jazz. That's pretty much it. A nice relaxing day of Jazz.I never realised there were so many varieties! And, of course, Jazz leads nicely on to trip-hop which is what I will be listening to for the rest of the evening. Here are some links to some of the festivals headliners - enjoy. GEORGE BENSON DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER TOWER OF POWER JOHN PIZZARELLI read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson December 12th 2016

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson October 29th 2016

Well, it is official...I am retired. As of June 24th. My bosses gave me a beautiful luncheon with a few of the staff there that I have known since I started there 12 years ago. Couldn't asked for a better job and the family I worked for were more like family to me than my bosses. I loved my job and everyone I worked with. Thank you all for an incredible 12 years. So now, I need to catch everyone up on the last few months. The day after my last day of work we drove to Winnipeg for our oldest grandson's graduation from high school. We stopped the first night in Rocky Mountain House. Nothing fancy, just a parking lot. The second night we went to drop off the trailer at the SEP camp in ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson June 9th 2016

Bonjour à tous Cette journée j'aurais pu l'intitulée CACTUS. Hier au soir à mon retour de souper à 20h30 le thermomètre était encore à 34°. Ce matin à mon départ à 7h30, 31°. Il est exceptionnel, que je laisse la clim enclenchée la nuit, mais réglée à 25° c'est supportable.Vous l'avez vu hier à l'hôtel, il y a une belle piscine, je vais faire bondir certains et certaines mais j'ai renoncé à me baigner, de l'eau à plus de 35°, je ne trouve pas ça agréable, je me suis rabattu sur une douche plus fraîche. Avec 1 h de moins encore hier ce matin je décolle de bonne heure, pour faire un tour dans le centre ville avant la chaleur, aujourd'hui prévue à 45. J'avais eu un aperçu du centre, hier en arrivant, et ce matin ... read more
pour l'échelle
route Coronado
Sonora desert

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